Snoring is the hoarse or harsh sound that occurs when air flows past relaxed tissues in your throat, causing the tissues to vibrate as you breathe. Nearly everyone snores now and then, but for some people it can be a chronic problem. Sometimes it may also indicate a serious health condition. In addition, snoring can be a nuisance to your partner.
Lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, avoiding alcohol close to bedtime or sleeping on your side, can help stop snoring.
In addition, medical devices and surgery are available that may reduce disruptive snoring. However, these aren't suitable or necessary for everyone who snores.
A CPAP machine uses continuous positive airway pressure to keep the throat more fully open throughout the night, preventing “apneic” events (breathing stoppages) that can usually reduce or eliminate snoring.
Not only is snoring an affliction, it can be a sign of OSA which can lead to many long-term health problems. It has been shown that OSA can be quite dangerous including linked to heart attack, stroke, diabetes, not to mention chronic fatigue,daytime drowsiness and drowsy driving. Snoring can also causes disruption of the natural sleep cycle, leaving snorers and their bed partners sleepy during the day.